SmartMEDInfo Blog by Moira Dolan, MD

Bacterial Sex Leads to Antibiotic Resistance

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Bacterial sex allows for swapping little pieces of DNA, especially parts of the code that promote survival under tough conditions. When bacteria are being attacked by antibiotics, the very few organisms among millions that have drug resistant genes g...

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Statin Drugs and Aggression

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A new study showed that after just six months on a statin medication, postmenopausal women were more likely to be aggressive than non-statin users. In contrast, for the most part, men on statins had a decrease in aggression, and this was linked to a ...

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The Great Statin Sales Job

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3 to 4 additional days of life for years of statin treatment: that is average survival advantage conferred by taking a daily statin drug for years, according to a new study. A review of the 26 major statin studies showed that only 11 of them inclu...

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A Path to the Dark Side

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Children prescribed narcotics are more likely to become adult drug abusers, according to a new study conducted at University of Michigan. Teens prescribed opioid pain relievers were followed until they were age 23. Teens who were ever on a prescripti...

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Gut Health is Key to Preventing Parkinson’s Disease

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New research shows the immunity cells originating in your gut are constantly scavenging the body for nerve cells with defective parts. Inside all cells are sub-microscopic energy-producing units called mitochondria. When mitochondria are dam...

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Statin Drugs Impair Normal Stem Cell Activity, Promote Aging

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Statin drugs have some very undesirable effects on stem cells, but may have a singular good effect, too. Stem cells are the human body’s natural regenerative and repair cells. Researchers at Tulane University Health Sciences Center (New Or...

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Medications Cause More Death or Permanent Disability in the Elderly Than Any Other Treatment

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A new study has found that medications are more often injurious than delay or failure to diagnose or treat an illness. Prescription meds are more dangerous to the elderly than minor surgical procedures, dental treatment, injections, vaccinations, phy...

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Paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat) Drug Maker Suppressed Evidence of Suicidality

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What happens when drug makers find out their products cause suicide, agitation and drug dependence?  The information gets suppressed and the drug is hailed as safe and effective, of course. An analysis of the raw data from paroxetine studies done...

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Humans Pass Resistant Bacteria to Animals

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Widespread overuse of antibiotics in food animals means residual antibiotics are in the packaged milk and meat that is consumed by humans. It has been presumed this promotes bacterial resistance to antibiotics, such that humans who need an antibio...

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Stem Cells Prolong Life of Animals

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Healthy lab rats given regular treatments of human stem cells lived about 23% to 31% longer than control animals.  The healthy rats were given monthly intravenous ‘transplantation’ injections of human stem cells (derived from fat or from amnioti...

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